Orzo pasta is tossed with a pesto made from peas, almonds, fresh mint and Parmesan, then topped with cooked shrimp. Sounds good, right? Our Shrimp Orzo with Pea & Mint Pesto recipe is simple, yet perfect, for everyday entertaining.
What do I need ?
Original recipe yields 6 Servings
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1 cup frozen peas, thawed
1/2 cup slivered almonds
1/4 cup fresh mint leaves
1 clove garlic
1/2 cup plus 2 Tbsp. Kraft Extra Virgin Olive Oil Tuscan Italian Dressing, divided
1/4 cup Kraft 100% Parmesan Grated Cheese, divided
1-1/4 cups orzo pasta, uncooked
1 lb. (450 g) frozen uncooked cleaned medium shrimp
juice from 1 lemon
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How do I make it ?
Process peas, nuts, mint and garlic in food processor 30 sec. or until nuts are finely chopped and mixture is well blended. Add 1/2 cup dressing; process until smooth. Spoon into medium bowl; stir in 2 Tbsp. cheese.
Cook pasta as directed on package.
Meanwhile, heat remaining dressing in large skillet on medium-high heat. Add shrimp; cook 2 to 3 min. or until shrimp turn pink, turning after 2 min. Remove from heat. Add lemon juice; mix lightly.
Drain pasta, reserving 1/2 cup cooking water. Place pasta in large bowl. Add pea mixture; mix lightly. If necessary, gradually stir in enough of the reserved pasta cooking water until pasta mixture is of desired consistency.
Top pasta mixture with shrimp and remaining cheese.
Kraft Kitchen Tips!
Serve with a side salad tossed with your favourite Kraft Dressing to round out the meal.
The mint pesto can be prepared ahead of time. Refrigerate in airtight container up to 3 days before using as directed.
Garnish with additional fresh mint leaves before serving.
Calories From Fat
% Daily Value
Total fat 12 g
Saturated fat 1.5 g
Cholesterol 120 mg
Sodium 450 mg
Total carbohydrate 36 g
Dietary fibre 4 g
Sugars 5 g
Protein 23 g
6 servings, 1/6 recipe each
Nutrition information is estimated based on the ingredients and cooking instructions as described in each recipe and is intended to be used for informational purposes only. Please note that nutrition details may vary based on methods of preparation, origin and freshness of ingredients used.